Fiona is a Partner and heads Geldards’ Family team across the four Geldards’ offices. She is an experienced specialist family lawyer, Family Mediator, Family Arbitrator, Private Financial Dispute Resolution Judge, Collaborative Family Lawyer and experienced Deputy District Judge/Specialist Financial Remedies Judge.

Fiona is the only Chambers Band 1 ranked family lawyer in the Derby area and is recognised as one of the top three leading family lawyers in the East Midlands by the Legal 500.

Fiona specialises in more complex medium to high net worth financial cases (particularly those involving businesses, inherited assets, farms and family-owned or controlled assets/Trusts), wealth protection, Pre-Nuptial Agreements and same-sex marriage/civil partnership breakdowns.

Fiona’s extensive experience and reputation in financial remedy cases have attracted instructions from many wealthy businessmen and women and high net worth individuals including the Trustees of Family Trusts, sports managers, footballers and an MP.

She negotiates multi-million-pound complex financial settlements and is regularly instructed by affluent London clients at the recommendation of their barristers.

Her firm but fair, pragmatic and determined yet respectful approach has led to instructions on several occasions from parties whom she acted against in their first divorce!

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What clients say

"She’s been a rock of support and her experience has made a huge difference at a difficult time. She is quick to respond, calm, wise, caring and has been reassuring at the more stressful moments."

Legal 500 2021

"Fiona Apthorpe is determined and ambitious. She has considerable experience and works collaboratively."

Legal 500 2021

"She is very impressive and thorough, has an eye on all of the issues that need to be taken into account and doesn't leave any stone unturned."

Chambers & Partners 2021

"Being a Judge allowed for great advice. Fiona was brilliant and never let me down. She delivered on all her recommendations and was worth every penny. She restored my trust in the legal system."

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